Tayside and Central Scotland

Perthshire Amber Festival set to attract 8,000 people

Image caption Dougie MacLean will play a sell out gig at the festival which runs from 25 October to 3 November

More than 8,000 music fans are expected to attend the Perthshire Amber Festival, according to organisers.

The 10-day event, which kicks off at the weekend, will see more than 300 international musicians perform in 25 venues across Perthshire.

The festival, in its ninth year, is run by Dougie MacLean - famous for his song Caledonia.

Headline acts include Karine Polwart and Capercaillie's Karen Matheson, as well as MacLean himself.

'Anticipation mounting'

Dougie MacLean said: "We've been planning this festival for nearly a year now and the team have been working flat out for the past few months to bring it all together.

"The anticipation has been mounting - and I just can't wait for it all to begin.

"We've got some really exciting talent appearing this year. This is the ninth Perthshire Amber and I think the line-up is one of our strongest."

The festival, which was first held as a weekend event, is spread across 10 days and staged at venues including Methven Castle, Perth Concert Hall and Dunkeld Cathedral.

Organisers say the event attracts music fans from 23 different countries.

The Perthshire Amber Festival runs from 25 October to 3 November.

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